The role of bone grafting in oral implants

When you are looking to have oral implants fitted, you will want to find a team who is knowledgeable and has experience in complex fittings. That way, when you choose the team to fit your dental implants Melbourne, you are likely to have a higher chance of success, which is better for your self-esteem and your health.

There are relatively few constraints that prevent people from receiving oral implants and to date, there is no conclusive evidence that age is a limitation or a factor in preventing a from being fully successful. What has been a factor is bone density, this is particularly in relation to the bone density of the patient’s jaw. There are some correlations between bone density and age, particularly among those suffering from osteoporosis. A long term use of dentures often results in a narrowing of the jawbone, which is usually caused by two factors; one the absence of the teeth and their sockets closing, and the second is the pinching pressure that dentures apply on the gum in order to hold themselves securely in place.

It is unfortunate that those most likely to be suffering from osteoporosis and most likely to require an immobilised denture are also those who would be rejected by most dental implant providers.

So, for patients who are experiencing the symptoms of osteoporosis and have a long history of wearing dentures, dental implantation can be challenging. This may also be the case when a patient has recently undergone chemotherapy for cancer treatment, or if they are undertaking medication that is used to treat other disorders, like lupus. This is because these medications are used to suppress the immune system, making the healing time for oral implants longer.

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Dentists have found that bone grafting with soft tissue not only has the highest success rates, but also the lowest chances of eliciting an autoimmune response. The bone tissue is normally transplanted from the chin or hip but if there are reasons why self implantation would not be appropriate (for instance a widespread incidence of low bone density), there are synthetic options where a mesh can be placed into the jaw, which induces no bone growth around it. This is a significantly time consuming method and would therefore add to the treatment time.

Your dentist will regularly assess the progress of your bone graft in their clinic using x-ray and CT machines. When a graft is fully integrated into the jaw, they will be able to continue with the first stage of the implantation process by opening the gum and placing the titanium implants in their locations.

Many of the patients who are suffering bone loss to the point where a bone graft is necessary also exhibit a gaunt appearance or wasting of the jawbone, which is reversed when grafting is successful.The use of growth factors, hormones and other drug treatments which accompany a graft have been shown to improve the osseointegration time of oral implants, allowing the two treatments to synergise well with each other.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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